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Sep 3rd Release of FamilySearch Beta - New Features

Major Update for FamilySearch Beta

We are pleased to announce a major upgrade of the FamilySearch beta site that provides some of the important features (listed below) patrons have been requesting. There are many additional features that will be released in upcoming versions before FamilySearch beta replaces RecordSearch Pilot and the existing FamilySearch.org. Please try the new functions in this release and let us know how it meets your research needs.

Design Overhaul

· New header and footer design and labels – More intuitive navigation
· New color schemes - Enhanced contrast for easier reading
· Visited link color change – See where you’ve been on the site

Historical Records Collections Enhancements

· Records, Records, Records – Everything found at RecordSearch plus some—450+ collections!
· Alphabetized Browsing – Quickly find the collections you’re looking for
· Prioritized Collection Categories – Easily filter your results
· Sorted Search Results – Broad searches return the most valuable collections first
· Browse Image Only Collections – Easily navigate through a collection of images
· See Previous or Next Image – A must for census or probate records
· Household Groupings - Census results include all household members
· Browse Only Indicator – Identify “Image Only” collections from collections list

Site Access

· beta.familysearch.org – Goodbye fsbeta!

Search Improvements

· Apostrophe Support – Supports searches with apostrophes for names like O’Hara.
· Ancestral File Event Year – Find individuals in Ancestral File by event year (included under Trees in the search interface)

Please try the FamilySearch Beta experience and tell us what you think.

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